Pastor Chuck has faithfully served as the Senior Pastor of Community Church Of Columbus (CCC) since 1994. He has boldly preached the Word, followed God’s will for CCC and made a difference in the lives of the people at CCC and in our community. We are blessed Pastor Chuck has been our spiritual leader, mentor and friend.
God tells us in both Isaiah 43:19 and Revelation 21:5 He will do new things. New things are part of God’s plan for us. They always have been. They always be. With that in mind, we will begin a new time for CCC as Pastor Chuck completes his 25thyear at CCC in May of 2019 and transitions into the next phase of life for him and his family. This decision was not made lightly or suddenly, but after much prayer, discernment and thought. We know God has great things in store for CCC and Pastor Chuck as we both move on in our spiritual journeys. We also know as we go through this transition, all that happens will be for God’s glory and for building His kingdom.
DECEMBER 2018 TRANSITION UPDATE
Proverbs 16:3 tells us if we commit our work to the Lord, He will establish our plans. John 16:13, reminds us the Holy Spirit we lead us to the truth and will show us what is to come. With that in mind, the elders continue to pray about and think through our transition plan as we prepare for Pastor Chuck’s retirement in May of 2019. We are following the Holy Spirit’s lead as we develop the transition plan. We are also working closely with Pastor Chuck and the pastoral staff to develop and implement the transition plan.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
We have implemented two parts of the transition plan. First, we have reorganized the operational structure of our pastoral staff. Second, we have adopted a rotational preaching model.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES TO THE PASTORAL STAFF?
Traditionally, our Senior Pastor has been responsible for the majority of the preaching as well as leading the pastoral staff. After careful thought and consideration, we have divided those duties into two separate and distinct roles.
First, we have created the role of Lead Pastor. We are still defining the Executive Pastor’s responsibilities. We anticipate, however, the Lead Pastor will lead the pastoral staff, be responsible for long term planning, make sure we stay true to what we believe and who we are and cast the vision of CCC’s mission and ministry to the congregation and pastoral staff. The Lead Pastor will also have various administrative duties. Further, the Lead Pastor will have some preaching responsibilities. The pastoral staff will report directly to the Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor will report to, and work closely with, the elders.
All our pastoral staff will continue to do what they are doing now. Pastor Luke will continue as Pastor Of Discipleship. Pastor John will still be our Pastor Of Community Life. Scott Hundley will continue as our Director Of Counseling. Pastor Shihan will continue to lead our Chinese Fellowship and Pastor Frank will still lead our Hispanic Fellowship. Jacob Foster will remain as our worship leader. Adam Smith will continue as our Youth Ministry Director. Karen Shelton will still be our Children’s Ministry Director and Emily Gloeckner will serve as our Early Childhood Ministry Director.
Second, we have created the role of Teaching Pastor. Although we are fine-tuning the Teaching Pastor’s duties, we expect the Teaching Pastor to lead the preaching team. The Teaching Pastor will work with the preaching team to determine preaching topics and sermon series. Additionally, the Teaching Pastor will preach on a regular basis, make sure all our preaching is biblically sound and work with our worship leader to be sure our worship remains God honoring, God focused, vibrant and relevant. The Teaching Pastor will report to the Executive Pastor.
We are pleased to announce Tim Walton will serve as interim Teaching Pastor starting March 1, 2019. Pastor Chuck, and others, will continue to preach between now and then.
With these changes, our pastoral staff will be organized like this:
WHAT IS A ROTATIONAL PREACHING MODEL?
A rotational preaching model means members of our pastoral staff will preach on a common topic on rotational basis. It is very similar to the preaching model we are following now. Pastor Chuck, Pastor Luke, Pastor John, Tim Walton, Adam Smith and Scott Hundley will all be part of the preaching rotation. In March of 2019, Pastor Chuck will start preaching less and others on the preaching team will preach more often.
We will continue to finalize job descriptions for both the Lead Pastor and the Teaching Pastor. Since Tim Walton will serve as interim Teaching Pastor, our primary focus will be on selecting the Lead Pastor. We will look for someone who shares our values, understands our culture and whose spiritual gifts complement and enhance the gifts of our pastoral staff. Although we would like to have an Lead Pastor on staff by March of 2019, we will let this process unfold on God’s timing and not on our timing. If necessary, we will consider an interim Lead Pastor.
HOW CAN I KNOW MORE?
There are three ways you can learn more about the transition. First, there will be a question and answer session with the elders in the worship center after second service on December 9, 2018. Second, the elders are willing to meet with your small group. If you would like the elders to visit with your small group, please contact Pastor John ( ) to arrange the visit. Third, you can contact the elders at with your questions.
Our current elders are:
WHAT CAN I DO?
Please pray with us for:
- God’s Will To Be Done As We Continue The Transition Process
- Our Continued Unity
- Our Growth As Disciples
- Our Commitment To Make Disciples
- The Elders And Staff
- Pastor Chuck And His Family
FOUR POINTS TO REMEMBER
We understand change can be challenging. Change can also be good and exciting, especially when the Holy Spirit leads the change. As we go through this transition together, please remember these four things. First, the Holy Spirit will guide every decision we make. Second, we must be unified and work together through, and after, the transition. Third, our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible. Fourth, we will never change or compromise what we believe, our core values and who we are.
This is an exciting time to be at CCC. We know God will accomplish mighty and powerful things if we commit our plan to Him. We look forward to what God has in mind for CCC as we work together, grow together as disciples and make disciples together. The Holy Spirit will lead. We will follow.